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Joy Whalen
updated: 08/17/2009
website: www.joywhalen.com http://joywhalen.blogspot.com/ http://www.artreview.com/profile/JoyWhalen
 
   
 
 
     
 
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scrabbled supernova
save a few most were unaware
at war with walls and mazes
not so careful
how to cross a sea
at the very edge
always on third nights, always
things that make strong
station station
sprig
oh no contingency plan
better place
those fortresses like clouds
canals for home
home hunt
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, mapping, narrative, obsessive, childhood, pattern, urban, dreams
 
 
scrabbled supernova by Joy Whalen
scrabbled supernova
ink and marker on paper
2009
28 " x  38.25 " 
save a few most were unaware by Joy Whalen
save a few most were unaware
ink and marker on paper
2008
43 " x  34 " 
at war with walls and mazes by Joy Whalen
at war with walls and mazes
ink and marker on paper
2008
43 " x  34 " 
not so careful by Joy Whalen
not so careful
ink and marker on paper
2008
43 " x  34 " 
how to cross a sea by Joy Whalen
how to cross a sea
iink and marker on paper
2008
43 " x  34 " 
at the very edge by Joy Whalen
at the very edge
ink and paint on paper
2008
30 " x  42 " 
always on third nights, always by Joy Whalen
always on third nights, always
ink and marker on paper
2009
16 " x  20 " 
things that make strong by Joy Whalen
things that make strong
ink and marker on paper
2009
34 " x  43 " 
station station by Joy Whalen
station station
ink and marker on paper
2009
34 " x  43 " 
sprig by Joy Whalen
sprig
ink and marker on paper
2009
34 " x  43 " 
oh no contingency plan by Joy Whalen
oh no contingency plan
ink and marker on paper
2009
43 " x  34 " 
better place by Joy Whalen
better place
ink and marker on paper
2009
34 " x  43 " 
those fortresses like clouds by Joy Whalen
those fortresses like clouds
ink and marker on paper
2009
34 " x  43 " 
canals for home by Joy Whalen
canals for home
ink on paper
2008
29 " x  21 " 
home hunt by Joy Whalen
home hunt
ink on paper
fall 2007
17" x  14" 

Artist Statement
[STATEMENT] My drawings involve environmental depictions of an other-world. These environments fluctuate in a space caught within the tensions of a preceding and ensuing state of struggle, where industrial overthrow and urbanization are challenged by resilience of the natural world. My work has been predominantly influenced by medieval european mythology, folk lore, Arthurian legend, biblical stories as remembered from childhood, illuminated manuscripts, vintage cartoons and graffiti. The drawings become a type of mapping or a form of fragmented landscape. I have developed my own elaborate fictional world, which is used to generate forms and symbols that collectively convey internal space visually. Daydreaming has become a significant part of my work, for it taps into my unconscious and allows me to create from an enigmatic place. While part of this inner geography, I am simultaneously connected and disconnected with the world around me. It will always be a goal of mine to comment and reflect upon the times in which we live as well as transcend them in order to arrive at a place where one is given the chance to dream of something better. Joy Whalen o8

Artist Bio / CV
JOY WHALEN (b. 1983, homeland: Chicago, IL.) Artist Joy Whalen’s video work depicts actions that are intrinsically odd, combining the physically strenuous and meditative, the painful and subversive, the humorous and tragic. They are based on the engagement of childlike and/or immediate impulses, entertaining notions of playful absurdities that otherwise have a tendency to be repressed. Such performances are enacted on her own without the presence of an audience, filmed and later exhibited as video pieces. Whalen’s work currently involves a combination of multi media drawing, performance video and installation that investigates the elusive expanse of space found within solitude, and how our forms relate to isolated environments. Whalen has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Chicago and New York. She had her first major solo show, What They Found, at Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, in May 2007, and recently received the Brooklyn Arts Council DAC Re-grant Award. She manages a photography studio in New York.